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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Creamy Lemon-Chicken Pasta recipe
photo by:kraft
Cheesy, creamy and brightened by lemon zest, this chicken and penne pasta dish tastes amazing—but takes less than 40 minutes to make!
time
prep:
15 min
total:
36 min
servings
total:
6 servings
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What You Need

2
cups  penne pasta, uncooked
1
Tbsp.  oil
1
cup  chopped onions
2
cloves  garlic, minced
1-1/2
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
6
oz.   (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
 chicken bouillon cube
 Zest and juice from 1 large lemon
1/4
cup   chopped fresh parsley
1
cup  KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA

Make It

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 min. Add half the chicken; cook 2 min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken; return all chicken to skillet.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Mix reserved water with cream cheese and bouillon until well blended. Add to chicken with lemon zest; mix well. Cover; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in pasta, lemon juice and parsley; cook; uncovered, 1 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.
Substitute
Prepare using your favorite pasta shape, such as rotini, fusilli, farfalle (bow-tie pasta) or elbow macaroni.
For Saucier Pasta
If you prefer a thinner sauce, reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water; use as directed.
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